VOL. 59 DECEMBER. 2012 No. 12
"And we have seen and do testifj' that the Father sent the Son to be the
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14)
They borlrowed a manger of hay for His head:
Jesus, my Saviour.
No soft downy pillow, no warm cradle bed
For Jesus, my Lord.
They borrowed a colt—lowly beast for a King:
j Jesus, my Saviour.
No court gave Him honor, no carillons sing
For Jesus, my Lord.
I He borrowed a room for a Passover feast:
• Jesus, my Saviour.
Becoming both Servant and Heavenly Priest,
This Jesus, my Lord.
They borrowed a tomb for the Crucified One:
, Jesus, my Saviour.
I No monument royal for God's only Son,
• For Jesus, My Lord.
; His were the planets and stars in the sky;
His were the valleys and mountains so high;
• His—all earth's riches from pole unto pole,
But He became poor to ransom my soul.
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EMMANUEL-GOD WITH US
An exhausted young woman recently pulled herself painfully
over the granite corner of the top of Half Dome in Yosemite
National Park. She had just completed in tens days a solo climb
up the sheer face of the rock that towers over 2,000 feet above
the base. She had lost nine pounds; her hair was matted; and
her face was lined from the intense effort and concentration as
she focused all her energy and skill on inching safely up without
a fatal fall. It was several days before her face would relax
enough to smile! Why all this effort and risk? And why do we
describe it here? She was successflil; she didn't fall. But what
did she really have to show for it? Only exhaustion, raw
fingers, tattered garments and a miserable ten days of rain,
snow, and work. The report of her climb told nothing about
God's will or His helping her. To accomplish this feat by
herself seemed of top value. Even her husband waited below
and then hiked around the backside of the dome to meet her at
We see by faith another young woman, no doubt exhausted
also from the labor of bringing a Son into the world. This
young woman is not alone; her husband is by her side, and God
is near, supporting her and giving her calm assurance that her
labor is not in vain. She is an instrument in God's hands as He
brings salvation and peace into the world-available for all men.
For this is Mary, "the handmaid of the Lord." She too has
"climbed a mountain." Her Son is born and "is set for the fall
and rising again of many in Israel. . ." Mary has experienced the
universal pronouncement of God upon disobedient Eve, and on
all mothers, when He said, "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow
and thy conception; in sorrow (pain) thou shalt bring forth
children." But what a reward! What worthwhile effort! What
joy to know that the Saviour is born!
These two young women could symbolize the choice we
have in life. If we choose to do a solo-without God, without
help from our fellowmen~it will be a hard climb. The mountain
(this world) is cold, sapping the strength and warmth. It is
steep and sheer, defying progress and allowing the ascent only
with concentration, study, and skill, and the enabling grace of
God. At the end of the solo climb, what is there for reward? A
solo life is a wasted life. It is pride that makes us want to travel
alone. When we admit we need help, it humbles us.
One of the names given to the newborn Jesus was
Emmanuel meaning "God with us." God is in our company.
God is alongside of us. Wondrous grace, that He was born to
be our Saviour, and that we need never walk, or climb, or live
Walk alone? Why should I be alone
When Jesus offers to be by my side?
Brave the storms of life alone?
When God's own Word affords a faithful guide?
No, we have our good Emmanuel,
God with us~oh glorious, happy thought;
He will be our constant shield
Till all the battles of this life are fought.
May we never walk alone in self and pride,
For that way saps our strength and leaves us cold;
Jesus says He'll always be there by our side
Even though our steps grow short, our faces old.
Jesus, still be near and bear these heavy burdens
Till at last we reach the bUssflil home.
There we'll sing our Saviour's praise forever.
May Thy glorious, everlasting kingdom come! —L.C.
(Reprinted and revised from The Pilgrim Dec. 1984)
JOSEPH'S "FATHER'S DAY"
It had been a night the like of which Joseph had never
dreamed could occur. Away from their home, their friends, and
all familiar surroundings, his wife had given birth to a son in a
hillside cave ordinarily used to shelter animals in the little town
As Joseph looked at Mary, asleep now, he cried. He should
have been able to provide something better for her tonight.
This precious woman who was "highly favored" and "blessed
among womankind" had been entrusted to his care. But the
best he had been able to do tonight was a cave, a tiny cleared
area, and a bed of straw. "I should have been able to do more
for her," he whispered.
The he looked at the baby. So tiny. So helpless. So
dependent on Mary and him. But how could it be! This was
God's own Son, not his. This baby was the God of creation, of
Abraham, of Moses. He was the God of Joseph and Mary.
How could He be lying beside Mary now?
Then, on the verge of weeping aloud and waking both
mother and baby, the thought came to the devout man that his
self-pity was born of pride rather than holiness. No angel had
come to him tonight to say that he had done too little. No
dream. No word of divine rebuke.
What has Israel's God ever required of any father? Only
that he do what is within his power. And Joseph had done that.
He had obeyed Caesar in traveling to Bethlehem. He had
protected Mary as best he could from the journey. He had
provided the only shelter that was available to them in the home
city of his fathers. Was it now his duty to feel guilty that he had
not been able to do more?
Perhaps Joseph sensed at that moment what other fathers
need to realize: God is served when we do the best we can for
our children, in love.
Many fathers feel guilty that they are unable to do more for
their families. Not enough money for a nice house. Furniture
that needs to be replaced. Things always breaking down. Then
there is the guih over bad decisions. Over the inability to guide
a troubled child. Over having to watch a child agonize to find
his or her own way in life.
A caring, loving father served God's Son at Bethlehem in
the only way he could. The Father of us all asks of us only
what He asked of Joseph on that holy day.
Rubel Shelly in Pulpit Helps, December, 1997
His star, which wise men did behold,
The sign of Jesus' birth.
Was guide to them, with myrrh and gold
And jewels of great worth;
Their offering for the infant King,
Was brought by them from far;
A tribute, too, of heart they bring.
And bowed before the Star.
His Star, declared the ancient Seer,
Shall Israel's scepter sway;
The people shall to Him draw near,
And Jacob's God obey;
His vision was for many days,
But Christ removed the bar;
When holy angels sang His praise.
And shepherds viewed the Star.
His Star— and all the stars are His,
The firmament around;
All that has been, which was and is.
His praise and glory sound;
For all the stars which we behold.
Like human creatures are;
Who, like them, shall be crowned with gold,
Who own Him as their Star.
His Star—a fadeless rainbow bright.
Eternity its span;
The sun and moon and stars of light.
All bow unto His plan;
And when once more as Lord of day
He brings His saints from far;
The heavenly hosts, in bright array.
Shall crown Him as their Star.
His Star still shines, undimmed by years,
His cross is still life's token;
And as His second coming nears.
His Word remains unbroken;
His Star arose on Calvary,
He bore earth's deepest scar;
And for all ages He shall be
The bright and Morning Star!
COME ON HOME
God saw he was getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So He put His arm around him
And whispered, "Come with Me." -Selected
2012 PILGRIM INDEX
Advice for Old People -Susan R. Coning sel. May
A Martyr's Message -John Huss Oct
A Sad Story -Annalee Taylor Mar
An Example of Redemptive Love -Tim Royer Nov
Blessed -Joseph E. Wagner Mar
Christian Music -James Otto in Light of Life Feb
I Corinthians 1:30,31 -Matthew Henry Oct
Dependence or Independence -L.C. Jun-Jul
Dr. Tom Anderson at a Funeral -sel by Herman Royer Mar Apr
Emmanuel-God With Us -L.C. Dec
Empty Shells -from 5'M«ieaw5, 1943 Oct
Fire! -Ryan Cover Sep
Give Me That Book -sel Jan
Good Standing -Joseph E. Wagner Sep
He Drew, We Drew -sel by Rosanna Royer Nov
Heirs of the Promise -Joseph E. Wagner Nov
IfYou Criticize Others -from a tract Mar
Joseph's "Father's Day" -Rubel Shelly in Pulpit Helps Dec
Key Differences Evangelical & Anabaptist -Nolan Martin Jun-Jul
Lessons from Nathan's Shop -Matthew and Sarah Martin Sep
Like A Ship Sailing Home -sel by Aaron Heinrich Dec
Little Chickens -Steven Horst May
Might}' Spirit of Truth -L.C. May
No Man, Ha\ing Put His Hand to the Plough -Galen Miller Aug
Our Love Kept for Jesus -Frances Ridley Havergal Jun-Jul
Our Savior, Crucified for Me -L.C. Mar
Prayer for Mother's Day -Peter Marshal in Pulpit Helps May
Rattlesnake -L.C. Oct
Reward -L.C. Feb
School Memories -Bethaima Harper Mar
Should We Have Voted? -L.C. Nov
Silent Swearing -G. H. Morrison Oct
Standing the Test of Time -Gary Miller CALTI Newslines Jan
Teach Us to Number Our Days -L.C. Jan
Thanksgiving from Our Hearts -L.C. Nov
The Church Still Stands -L.C. Sep
The Heart-searching Inquiry -Walter A. Maier Sep
The Lord's Day -J. H.Moore Jan
Things Youth Do Not Need to Decide -Kenneth / Lois Martin Aug
Thoughts on Denominations -Roger Kuntz May
Water of Life -L.C. Aug
We Remember -Sam and Rosanna Royer Feb
We Remember -Melvin and MariljTi Coning Feb
Wrong Reactions or Right Responses -Mark Kropf Oct
A Post for Thee -Dorcas (Royer) Stump Feb
Blessed Prospect -sel Jan
Borrowed? -sel Dec
Breathe on Me, Breath of God -Edmn Hatch May
Come to Calvary -James Montgomery Mar- Apr
Hear the Promise -John Sander Jan
His Star -David Mohler Dec
I Give Thee Humble Thanks -sel by Rosanna Royer Nov
I Wonder -S. E. Kiser Jordan Relief Notes Feb
If You Love Me -E. A. Barnes Oct
If You Were Bus>' -sel Feb
Let There Be Light, Lord God of Hosts -William Vories Sep
No More Night -WaltHarrah sel by Lloyd Wagner Sep
O Nation, O Our Nation -Farmie Kreider Chistian H>Tnnar>' Jun-Jul
Pleasure and Sorrow -Stella Flora to Sophia Baker Jan
Some Children Don't -sel by Rosanna Royer Mar-Apr
Teach Me, O Lord -Church Hymnal Jun-Jul
The Boat -George McDonald sel by Galen and Beckj' Miller May
The Golden Rule -sel by Julita Yoder Sep
The Joy of Thanksgiving -Author unknown Nov
The Master Has Come, and He Calls Us -Sarah Doudney Oct
TheRiver of Life -Elizabeth Codner Aug
The Sea of God's Forgetfiilness -Tom M. Olson Nov
The Teacher -sel Feb
The Will of God -Author Unknown Oct
The Wrong Fountain -Margaret Penner Toews Oct
Through the Furnace -Author Unknown to us Feb
What a Mighty God We Sen'e! -Clara M. Brooks Oct
What If? -sel Mar
What We Give Away -sel by Elbert Huffman Mar-Apr
CHILDREN'S PAGE 9
God's Garden -sel by Eli Huffman Jan
Here is something for you. -Martha J. Cover Feb
Go to the Woodpecker -Matthew and Sarah Martin Mar-Apr
Baby Eagles Learn Their Lessons -Esther Hooey Sunbeams May
Busy as a Bee -Stanley Brubaker (reprinted) Jun-M
Mud Hole Mischief -Sheryl Weaver Aug
When the Time is Right -Stanley Brubaker (reprinted) Sep
I Can and I Can't -L. A. Raber from Sunbeams Oct
A Boy's Wish -John F. Todd in The Youth's Visitor Oct
Stevie's Row of Thanks -Bertha C. Anderson from Sunbeams'HoY
Jesus, Our Friend -Elizabeth McE. Shields Dec
Teddy's Christmas -Vxova Simbeams T>qc,\9'^2 Dec
Small Tree, Tall Tree -Martha J. Wagner Jan
The Witness of a Conscientious Objector Feb
Decision -Leora Bacon sel May
Where There Is No Vision. . . -Martha J. Cover Jun-Jul
Jeremiah, A Prophet for God -Linda Frick Aug
A threat to Kill Jeremiah -Linda Frick Sep
Hananiah's False Prophecy -Linda Frick Oct.
Jeremiah Buys Land -Linda Frick Nov
Jeremiah's Prayer -Linda Frick Dec
CHRISTIAN SCHOOL VIEWS
Doctrine of Nonresistance -Peter Krahn Christian School Builder ]3n
RurmingOut of Time -DanaRessler Aug
Promoting Healthy Music Interests -Mark Carpenter Sep
On Conservative Christian Education, . . -Duane F. Tucker Oct
Jeremy Cable Apr 1 0, 20 11
RhodaAlbers Oct 9, 2011
Helyn Cover Jan 29, 2012
Allison Cover Jan 29
James Miller Mar 16
Marvin Stalter May 6
Calah Walker Dec 2
Twin Oaks Old Brethren - Indiana
Stephen Beer>' Ordained to the Eldership May 25
Shane Oberholzer Ordained to the Eldership May25
Tim Yoder Ordained to the Eldership May 25
Jeremy Thad Beery Decl 3 , 20 1 1
Herman Samuel Miller Jan 23, 2012
Jedd Stephen Royer Feb 20
Colette Dannelle Stump Apr 22
Kadence Brynn Martin May 5
Danielle Jade Flora May 17
Azure Makenzie Martin May 19
Shandra Gwen Myers Jun 2 1
Shannon Thomas Krieder Jun 25
Elsie Jewel Huffman Jul 25
Eliza Faye Hiltj- Jul 26
Annika Mae Brubaker Jul 26
Debra Joy Zimmerman Jul 26
Blaze Michael Taylor Aug 24
Denver Nathan Royer Sep 12
Ginger Melody Martin Oct 16
Ellis James Walker Oct 16
Zoanna Eternitj' Elizabeth Root Nov 12
Kyler Reece Bowser Nov 19
Preston Cover and Katelyn Golding May 20
Matthias Royer and Judith Martin Jun 2
Louis Miller and Melody Royer Sep 22
Jordan Royer and Sophia Royer Nov 3
Gayle Kathryn (Miller) Flory Oct 2, 1969 - Dec 3, 201 1 Jan
Carl C. Beck Jan 4, 1 9 1 9 - Dec 8, 20 1 1 Jan
Kenneth Raymond Garber Nov 3, 1940 - Jan 6, 2012 Feb
Lloyd Ivan Flora May 11, 1930 - Jan 12, 2012 Feb
Harold George Royer Jan 12, 1925 - Jan 12, 2012 Feb
Ernest Roy Martin Stillborn Jun 19, 2012 Jun/Jul
Lillie Golden (Brady) Flora Jan 13, 1914 - Oct 28, 2012 Nov
TTTR Pn.GRIM Li
LIKE A SHIP SAILING HOME
This article compares death to a ship leaving one shore and
landing on another.
We are standing on a shore. A large sailing ship is about to
pull out. Friends and relatives of ours are standing on the deck,
waving goodbye, throwing streamers, calling to us, calling our
names. And we call to them and to each other. "Look, there's
Grandma. . .there's Uncle Joe. . .there's Uncle Bill." A bell
sounds, the ship begins to move away. We stand silently for a
very long time and watch as the ship goes turther and further
away until, finally, the mast is just a vertical pencil line on the
distant horizon. Then it too goes down, until we can no longer
see it. And we sigh, 'Oh, she's gone.' But gone from our sight,
that's all. For at the very moment we sigh, 'Oh, she's gone.'
someone cries on another shore and is jumping up and down,
laughing and yelling and pointing excitedly out to sea saying,
"Look! She's coming. Look, the ship is coming home! Look!
There's Grandma. . .there's Uncle Joe. . .there's Uncle Bill."
Our ship is coming home. The shores of Heaven are close
for many who have trusted Christ as Saviour of the soul. But
another shore beckons as well, the shores of the lake of fire.
Many are rapidly approaching it. Only Christ can stop their
progress. When the heart is touched, repentance is shown, a
new course is taken. A new shore is seen. For the redeemed. .
.we shall meet on that beautifiil shore!
Selected by Aaron Heinrich
CLAY OR GOLD
As we get close to God, there are times of trial and testing.
We can tell if we are clay or gold by how we respond. If we are
clay, we become hard; if we are gold, we melt and flow with
God's purpose. -Selected
12 THE PILGRIM
Calah Walker Palestine, Ohio December 2
May this new soul walk with Jesus all her days.
WALKER - A son, Ellis James, born October 16 to Jared and
Yolanda Walker of Waterford, California.
ROOT - A daughter, Zoanna Eternity Elizabeth, born
November 12 to Brian and Emily Root of Tuolumne, California.
BOWSER - A son, Kyler Reece, born November 19 to Andrew
and Jena Bowser of Harrison, Arkansas
Jesse Martin - 12300 Riley Road
Wakarusa, IN 46573
John and Kelley Brandt - 6220 1 Ash Road
Wakarusa, IN 46573-9637
After buying Hanameel's field and having the records sealed
and given to Baruch to keep, Jeremiah prayed a special prayer
to God. The first part of that prayer is to acknowledge
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God's greatness and to adore Him. Let's just read the first three
verses of his prayer:
"Ah Lord God! Behold thou has made the heaven and the
earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is
nothing too hard for thee:
"Thou shewest loving kindness unto thousands, and
recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their
children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of
hosts, is his name.
"Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are
open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give everyone
according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings;"
I think that many times Jeremiah didn't understand why
God told him to do and say certain things. He probably felt
complainy sometimes about all the misery he suffered. But in
these three verses, Jeremiah adores God anyway. He realizes
God made the heaven, the earth, all living animals, and all
people. He realizes that nothing is impossible with God. Then
he gives God the glory and praise.
He also realizes God is a God of mercy; that He is not only
kind, but he shows loving kindness to thousands of people.
God knows about everything He made—the whole earth and
each person in the earth. He also knows what is best for each
one of us and how to best help us turn to Him. He knows just
what to bring into our lives that would be for our good. Often,
it doesn't seem good to us, like when Dad spanks hard, and it
hurts so badly, it doesn't seem good to you. But Dad knows it
is the best way for you to learn to be obedient. And God
knows what is best to help us older people learn to be obedient
to Him. Dad disciplines you because he loves you. God
disciplines His people because He loves them.
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Jesus, Our Friend
When Jesus was a baby boy,
He slept up on the hay,
And then He grew and worked and played
Each glad and happy day.
He helped His mother in the home;
He played like you and me;
And every day He did obey;
A happy boy was He.
When Jesus grew to be a man.
He made the sick ones well.
And made folk good and loving by
The stories that He'd tell.
Dear Jesus is the children's Friend; y ,
He held them on His knee;
He took them in His arms and said,
"Let the children come to Me."
Elizabeth McE. Shields
From Praises For Children
Teddy's Christmas ■
Teddy was taking a walk all by himself. It was Christmas
Day, but Teddy was not so happy as he ought to have been.
"Uncle John might have given me a train or an airplane
instead of just shoes," he grumbled. "And an overcoat! Who
wants an overcoat for Christmas?"
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Teddy kicked unhappily at the little piles of snow that had
drifted across the sidewalk. He had come away from the house
because he didn't want Mother and Daddy and Aunt Kate and
Uncle John to see that he was disappointed. He knew they
didn't understand that boys would rather have toys than clothes
for Christmas presents. He supposed they thought a few toys
were enough. You could get clothes any time of the year, but
"Hello," said a cheerful little voice.
Teddy looked up. There before him on the sidewalk was a
small boy shivering.
"Where's your coat?" asked Teddy.
"I haven't one," said the boy.
"What did you get for Christmas?" Teddy went on.
"Nothing," the boy admitted. '"But you ought to see the
fine coat and cap I got for my sister, Jane. The mission lady
gave it to me yesterday when I told her about my sister. And
was Jane surprised? You should have seen her. "
Teddy looked at the boy's happy face. Why, he was pleased
as if he had received something himself "Why didn't the
mission lady give you some warm clothes?" he asked curiously.
"Oh, she'd given away all she had for boys. But I don't care.
I can stand it. It's more flin to surprise other folks, anyway.
Say, she even gave me some shoes and mittens for the baby.
And this morning the butcher let my daddy have a big soup
bone. I'm going now to get some turnips to put in the soup.
Oh, we'll have a grand Christmas!"
Teddy stook still and looked after the boy. A grand
Christmas! Suddenly he was very much ashamed of himself
"Say, wait," he called. "I got a new overcoat for Christmas,
and I think my old one will fit you. Do you want to come with
me and get it?"
"Thanks," said the boy, his face lighting up. "It does get
As Teddy hurried the shivering boy toward home, he
planned in his mind what he would do. There was a suit as well
as a coat that he was sure Mother would let him give, and some
toys he didn't care for any more. Perhaps when he told Mother
about the soup bone and the turnips, she would fix a basket.
"I'll donate my share of the mince pie," he thought. And as
he planned all this, he began to feel happier aad happier. He
thought with pride of his new overcoat and shoes and the new
toys he knew were coming.
"I was thinking just about getting, and he was thinking
about giving," Teddy decided. "That's why he was happier that
I was, even though he had nothing for himself "
From Sunbeams, December, 1942
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